Welcome to another post here on the blog. I’m on a roll with posts again, thankfully. In this post I’m sharing a flip through of my traveler’s notebook. I love that with the traveler’s notebook you can have all you want in one central location. While I’m using this specifically for journaling, it’s a great planner option with plenty of space to track other areas in your life. This flip through includes my traveler’s notebook from cover to cover including my inserts, dashboards, pockets, and all the repurposed items I’ve used.
As always, be sure to click the links throughout this post for related posts and links to purchase items/similar styles featured.
I purchased the Michaels string journal on clearance last Summer. When I first set up my traveler’s notebook, I had no idea what I really wanted to use it for. I did have a snapshot of 2016, although I never fully finished journaling in it. I also created an entire insert for Christmas that I journaled in from December 1st to the 25th. All inserts I made myself using scrapbook paper I had on hand that I painted with acrylic paint, sealed with mod podge and then stapled my pages.
The cover was a solid blue cover, so I went and added two rub ons that I had purchased from Michaels on clearance. It was a part of their boho collection. I just didn’t like how plain the cover was. I then added in a tassel and a gem to the top for a little something extra. I put the string itself back in to hold everything together. I had taken it out because with the other inserts it was too loose, but now that it’s bulked back up it works perfectly.
For these inserts I created them similar to how I initially made them. I measured them out compared to the other traveler’s notebooks I had used. I used scrapbook paper I recently purchased from Michaels layered with textured scrapbook paper for extra thickness. To protect the scrapbook paper I added a coat of mod podge (you can get it for $1 in the Target One Spot or at Dollar Tree). I had I wanted to include my May Designs notebook so I had sized some to match that, but it turned out to be too large.
Once the cover was dry after applying the mod podge, I used double stick tape to add in the MAMBI paper that I use for the inside of my inserts. I purchased this paper (with a coupon of course) when I went to Michaels Planner’s Night Out last year. The paper is a mix of computer paper and card stock that I have on hand and I just stapled it together with a regular stapler. The trick is to put an erase where you want to staple and press down hard in order for the staples to go through. I do want to learn how to stitch my pages so I’ll be able to fit more paper in one insert.
This string journal fits 6 inserts. Although there are only 2 strings, I was able to fit 6. If you put a rubber band through the middle of two inserts and closet them back cover to front cover, you then slip the rubber band between the string. Then open your third book to the middle and slide that into the string. There’s the three books on one string and you just repeat the process for the second string.
I repurposed quite a bit in this journal. I see a lot of amazing Instagrammers sharing their notebooks, especially their die cuts, but I had to work with what I had.
I have pockets throughout this notebook that I created myself using cellophane bags or old envelopes. The pocket in the front of my travelers notebook is actually a CD protector that i ripped out of an old scrapbook that i wasn’t using. It fits perfectly. That pocket is filled with stickers. The back pocket has a couple pieces of vellum and custom sticker sheets I made.
Note: To make custom sticker sheets, save your old sticker sheets that you get from whatever stickers you purchase. You can then consolidate stickers that you already have and not have to pick and choose what stickers you want to carry. This is great for when you’re on the go. You can have all your favorite stickers on one page.
I created a dashboard using one of the plastic covers that I had on one of my Dollar Tree monthly planners. I cut it down to the size I needed and then cut it a part. It’d be easier use double sided scrapbook paper, but since I didn’t have that I just used double stick tape to tape together two pieces, added a journaling card on the front, used packaging tape to space it out enough to wrap around my inserts, and voila. This is a great alternative especially since I don’t have a laminator.
The other dashboard that I have is just a piece of vellum that I got on sale at Hobby Lobby. If I had die cuts I would add to it, but I can easily jazz it up another time. The print is black roses so it stands out on it’s own.
What am I journaling?
I have inserts for the following:
- Snapshot of 2017 (2017 goals, favorites throughout the year, and events such as Super Bowl 51 + Wrestlemania)
- Sermon notes
- TV Tracking (which will include more on what I want to watch on Netflix plus other movies)
- Listers Gotta List (April/May 2017)
- 100 Days of Positive Affirmations (inspired by @poshplans)
As noted above, my journal does have 6 notebooks currently inside. One does not have a particular use just yet, but I’ll find a use for it eventually.
After setting this up I’m really excited to continue to add to it and journal (duh) this Spring. Since I bought a ton of floral scrapbook paper, what better way to utilize it. Be sure to check out the links below to set up an inexpensive traveler’s notebook of your own.
- Michaels | Jane Davenport Canvas Butterfly Book
- Webster Pages | Color Crush Traveler’s Notebook
- Mystlic Little Gifts (traveler’s noteboks)
- PearTeaStickers (die cuts)
- TammisObsessions (die cuts)
- WowThatzCool (die cuts)
- Self adhesive CD pockets
- Adhesive poly pockets (business card size)
- Coin Envelopes
- Scrapbook.com (vellum, acetate, scrapbook paper)